I am definitely a process knitter. When I knit, I hardly think of the goal – the finished end product – I just knit. Yes it is handy to have a nice garment at the end of it, but that’s very much of secondary importance to me compared to the soothing, relaxing process of knitting.
That probably explains why I always have so many knitting projects on the go at the same time, requiring different levels of thought and concentration, from which I can always pick the most suitable one for the moment.
I always need at least one or two very easy projects for those moments (the majority of them I must admit) when I just want something simple for my hands to do on an auto-pilot, no thought required. Then, for the sake of having a challenge, there are some colour work or lace projects (with these I have a bad tendency to get stuck and they spend a lot of time hibernating, waiting for a suitable moment to make some progress again).
Because there are always so many works in progress, my knitting basket was getting very full. I always had to empty to whole basket on the floor to find anything in there, very frustrating as I am sure you can appreciate. A part of the problem was that at the moment I have several big bulky winter projects currently on a summer break – my never-ending Vera jumper that I have now been knitting for two years and a Vaila jumper which I started last winter and didn’t quite manage to finish before the cold season ended. And there’s the sock yarn blanket, another big bulky multi-year project.
Although I hadn’t finished my winter projects by the time the sun came out, like all knitters I was compelled to start lighter summer projects in all sorts of summery colours. So I started a second version of the Crocus Bud crochet shawl and a second Clearwing jumper, knitting it this time from undyed linen (Sparrow yarn from Quince & Co in colourway Sans). These were my main projects just before my summer holiday and, I do admit, a rational knitter would have taken these projects with her when going away, just to finish them off and have a chance to actually use them before the end of the summer.
But somehow a holiday doesn’t feel like a holiday unless you get to do something new and exciting, so I decided not to take the rational approach but start two new projects instead to take away with me.
The first one was an Abigail cardi which my sister and I decided to do together as a sort of mini-Knit-Along. When my sister visited me a couple of months ago I was teaching her how to follow knitting patterns. After the visit she wanted to knit herself a cardigan but she thought she might need some extra help to interpret the instructions. So we thought it would make sense if I knitted the same pattern so that I could help with any questions she might have. We started knitting the cardigans together when I was in Finland, but she has definitely overtaken me by now and no doubt will finish hers soon.
On a holiday you of course need a small easy handbag sized project that you can whip out when sitting in a cafe or a park bench. A pattern that you can just knit while watching the world go by, not having to worry about following a pattern. For this purpose I started a second version of the 3S shawl (this summer definitely has lots of second versions of great patterns being knitted). The first one I knitted for my sister from a lace yarn. This time I am using Soliloquy sock lace yarn which I am really enjoying knitting. Being a merino-silk mix it feels almost as smooth as cotton and the thickness is great for a scarf, a bit heavier than lace yarn but not too heavy, so all in all it’s an ideal yarn for a summer scarf. And mine is a lovely shade of coral, sort of orangey pink, a wonderful summer colour.
So there you are, the contents of my knitting baskets. But now I definitely have to finish at least some of them, before I am allowed to start any new projects.